CHRIST … The Lord, Head, Redeemer, and King of the Church. COVENANT… We are a covenant community living life before a watching world. CHURCH… We are God’s people, the church. “Ekklesia”, the ancient Greek word for the church, literally means that we are “called out” of the world for holy worship and living. The ASSOCIATE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN traces its roots through the Seceders of Scotland, who left the church over issues of anti-patronage and the Marrow Controversy, believing that the free offer of the Gospel was for all men. (For more, click icon at left to open full PDF.)
At Christ Covenant Church, we emphasize God-centered worship on the Lord’s Day according to His Word. The Bible is the authoritative Word of God, which is our only rule to guide us in worship. We hold to the “regulative principle”, which is defined as worshipping God as He has instructed us in His Word. True worship is to God alone, (Exodus 20:3, Matthew 4:10, Deuteronomy 6:13), and He is the audience of our worship. (For more, click icon at left to open full PDF.)
The rationale for the Sabbath command goes all the way back to the beginning of time, and the Creation of the Cosmos. As a pattern for those bearing His image, God created the world in six days and rested on the Sabbath. This weekly rhythm is, therefore, as basic to life on earth as male and female, day and night, and sea and dry land. God also blessed the Sabbath Day, thereby showing He intends it to benefit man not burden him. God, furthermore, sanctified the day, setting it apart from all the rest, as a uniquely holy time period. (For more, click icon at left to open full PDF.)
According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 96, “The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine, according to Christ’s appointment, his death is showed forth; and the worthy receivers are, not after a corporal and carnal manner, but by faith, made partakers of his body and blood, with all his benefits, to their spiritual nourishment, and growth in grace.” (For more, click icon at left to open full PDF.)
We have endeavored to design a sanctuary that communicates the priority of the Word and Sacraments and facilitates the congregation’s response in worship. “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17). In worship, God communicates to us through the reading and preaching of His Word and through the Sacraments. In worship, thec ongregation responds to God by hearing the Word, by praying, and by singing His praise. (For more, click icon at left to open full PDF.)
A disciple is a learner or student devoted to learning a way of life. A Christian disciple is devoted to learning Christ Himself; thus, Christian discipleship is a process of transformative learning—wherein the knowledge of Christ, through the power of the Spirit, actually transforms our outward lives to be more like our Savior as we journey home to Him. This transformation begins as believers learn who Christ is and what He has commanded. Then, as we grow deeper in our knowledge of Him, we strive to live purposefully in His way, learning to stand firm in the face of culture and our own nature. As God’s truth radiates from inward to outward, our lives begin to look more like the pattern of Christ. (For more, click icon at left to open full PDF.)
MISSION & OUTREACH
The “Mission and Outreach” strategy of Christ Covenant Church is modeled after our Lord’s Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19), and after the holistic pattern of our Lord’s final words to his disciples prior to his Ascension: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8). (For more, click icon at left to open full PDF.)
MINISTRY & STRUCTURE
Every ministry of Christ Covenant Church participates in and supports the fulfillment of our mission: “Proclaim the Word of God, model the Grace of God, and Extol the Glory of God from this place to the ends of the earth.” All ministries are structured under the oversight and authority of the Session, but many are facilitated and organized by our gifted volunteer Ministry Leaders, members of Christ Covenant who lead and encourage other members to use their gifts in the service of our Lord.
CHURCH OFFICER ELECTION
The ordained offices in the church are the office of Elder and Deacon. The office of Deacon as set forth in scripture is one of sympathy and service after the example of Christ. The office of Elder as set forth in scripture is one of governing, disciplining, and shepherding. Both Elders and Deacons are selected and ordained according to biblical qualifications. We believe these offices carry great importance in God’s church, and accordingly, we follow a very thorough process of nomination, training, election, and ordination.
The goodness and creativity of God in Creation is never more manifest than in His creation of both men and women in His image (Genesis 3:21-25). Rather than filling the world with a monochromatic blandness, He has blessed humanity with the wonderful differences in males and females. The roles of men and women are beautifully complementary in the family and in the church. (For more, click icon at left to open full PDF.)